‘Too self-conscious and too anxious’ – In Search of Solace by Emily Mackie

‘ If you want to hook the reader, you’ve got to trust the reader. If they’ve gotten to page 331 and haven’t figured out that Benson got obsessed with Jacob at that meeting, well, then you probably don’t really deserve the explanation at all. Thirdly, finally, that omniscient narrator is too self-conscious and playful by half (actually, die-hard Ali Smith fans will probably love it); from the incessant flagging-up of narrative subversion and time-hops and head-hops and digressions’ – Valerie O’Riordan reviews In Search of Solace by Emily Mackie

Posted at 9:00 am on May 22, 2015 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Review | Continue reading

‘Nothing is quite what it seems in this carefully crafted, perfectly paced debut’ – In My House by Alex Hourston

‘It’s so easy to get caught up in Maggie’s voice that you don’t realise how much Hourston is manipulating you. She continually deceives the reader into thinking this is one kind of story, only to steadily and carefully reveal it to be another. This looks like a story of an unlikely heroine saving another woman from a difficult situation. And it is, but neither the heroine nor the victim are who they appear to be’ – Jim Dempsey reviews In My House by Alex Hourston

Posted at 9:00 am on May 21, 2015 | Leave a comment | Filed Under: Review | Continue reading

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